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Perfect Pacific Views: Trip Advisor's 'Best Rental' 2009-2013

Perfect Pacific Views: Trip Advisor's 'Best Rental' 2009-2013


Property Details

Updated: Dec 17, 2014
Villa, 3 Bedrooms, 4 Baths, 10 Sleeps

Trip Advisor, renown for its unbiased guidance for global travelers, chooses only the most prestigious villas for its 'Top Vacation Rental' trophy. Casa Tranquila is proud to win this honor in for the last five consecutive years!

So, whether it is your first adventure in Costa Rica or a return visit, we are looking forward to welcoming you to our Award-Winning Service, World Class Comforts and Natural Beauty of Casa Tranquila.

Throughout the time Casa Tranquila is your tropical home, our goal is to surpass your every expectation. Our luxury interiors, pristine pools, model concierge service, and astonishing views set the tone for an unforgettable get-away in one of the most exotic and affordable vacation destinations in the world.

You may decide to enjoy a peaceful and private experience while at Casa Tranquila's pools, decks and hammocks . . . or choose a more exhilarating Costa Rica, thus taking advantage of our hands-on planning services of customizing your excursions and adventures. With either: your preference is our pleasure.

Beaches & Bluffs; Excursions & Excitement; Rest & Recreation . . . all at your fingertips.

Complete your inquiry here & now, then leave the rest in our experienced hands!

We invite you to read on, below, for more specific details, including receiving your gift of vital information about your upcoming international vacation.

Until we meet…Pura Vida

Donald Corvette, Owner

& Sombra, Our 4-Legged Emissary


Driving up our short bumpy road, you’re thinking “surely we took a wrong turn somewhere”. As you start to believe you’re at the Earth’s end, you arrive at Casa Tranquila’s gate, and you smile knowing that: without doubt, you have made the right choice for your home in Costa Rica. And, just maybe, you have reached the End Of The Earth: where Sea, Sky and Rainforest magically merge as One on your Horizon.

Passing through her gates you realize that The Pacific will be your garden while you are here. Everyone quickly reaches for cameras to capture This Perfect View in the first moments. . . forgetting you will have many more days to enjoy it. After 10 minutes of photos and High-Five’s, you remember to look behind you actually to see Casa Tranquila herself.

And while no villa can compare with what Mother Nature has just showed you, Casa Tranquila is Her worthy competitor.


Casa Tranquila’s 2013 modernization, conceived by famed Costa Rican architect, Jose Antonio Pinto, cleverly blends indoors with out-. Every window is a door. Every floor, a balcony. Sometimes even Casa Tranquila’s family of monkeys doesn't know the difference. With its three distinct (and distinctive) living sections, Guests have the relaxed sense of independence . . .while remaining together. She is like no other villa.


Soft color; Gentle breeze; Open space; Cozy bedding; Vaulted ceiling; Chic floor; Bali imagery; Marble baths; Teakwood doors; Polished cabinetry; Distinctive art; Unique ornaments; Modern conveniences. Casa Tranquila is a World-Class design.


Manuel Antonio is NOT a beach town. It is a mountain town near the sea. Casa Tranquila (and other select villas) is located “above” the beach. (That’s why you will have those stellar views). Reasonably, too, your cool temperatures, disco-free nights, fine restaurants, and safe streets are all away from the beach area. Fortunately though, the seashore only a five-minute shuttle (taxi or car) ride from Casa Tranquila. You won’t even have time to open your sun-screen bottle before your feet are in the sand. And when you return home to Casa Tranquila’s pools, you may wonder why you ever left in the first place.


Monkeys on the balconies, toucans on the roof, iguanas having coffee by the pool, sloths playing bridge in the trees . . . our animals come to you at Casa Tranquila. Of course you will love the National Park Beaches, but you really won’t need any park to see Costa Rica's wildlife: just look out your door.


A pool is just a pool; until you come to Casa Tranquila. Cresent-shaped, our large crystal-clear pool has a uniform four-foot depth throughout. And for the younger, shorter, or less buoyant swimmers, a second shallow lounging pool connects, complete with a convenient underwater bench and resting place for cocktails.

Newsflash for your upcoming Tropical tan: remember that Manual Antonio is a forest with very tall trees. Ergo, most pools get little sun. Casa Tranquila’s pools and decks, however are sunny all day . . . unless you opt to raise the convenient umbrella. Cushioned lounge chairs, pool floats and air jets make you want to stay all day.


An architect who’s also a master in culinary arts is handy when he creates his kitchens. Jose was insistent that Casa Tranquila’s kitchen was designed for simplicity and function. If you choose villas because you prepare (at least some of) your own meals, read no further . . . your search is over /em%3

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  • Sleeps 10
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets welcome
  • Internet
  • Accept Credit Cards

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We took our 3 adult kids and significant others to Manuel antonio for a wonderful family vacation for a week at the end of January. The weather was beautiful, the area was lush with lots of wildlife to enjoy. We all agreed that our favorite activity was the zip lining (and some of us were afraid of heights) that Donald and Nathan arranged for us. It was amazing! The guys who ran the place were friendly and extremely safety conscious, and the views from run to run were amazing! Don't miss that! We also enjoyed the sunset cruise and 4 wheeler ride, but be prepared to get very dirty from the dust on the roads. Each night we had cocktails somewhere, by the pool, on the beach, or at one of the many restaurants or bars with an amazing view. Our favorite for that was El avion (the airplane restaurant). The food there was good but our 2 favorite dinner spots were the small Italian restaurant on the main road (Nathan and Donald will know the name) and the small restaurant on Three Left Turns road going to the beach (and again I'm blank on the name but Nathan and Donald can help where I am blank). Amazing food especially at the last two! The staff at the Casa were very helpful and friendly and eager to please. Our kids all agreed that it was an amazing vacation!
Jan 2014
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Perfect Pacific Views: Trip Advisor's 'Best Rental' 2009-2013
-+ 828-356-6313
Manuel Antonio Puntarenas

Wonderful vacation villa, great customer service

  • 5 of 5
My family's experience at Casa Tranquila was a very positive one. I would highly recommend this villa to everyone. The hospitality provided by Donald, Nathan and Jessica is outstanding. We found them to be courteous, knowledgeable and an invaluable resource.

The villa is modern, clean and well maintained. The kitchen is well stocked with everything you could possibly want, including spices. We appreciated the extras that were provided, that most places don't have - suntan lotion, bug spray, beach towels, beach bags, robes, room safes, etc. The ocean view is amazing and is a daily reminder of the beauty and serenity that surrounds this location. The pool was a great focal point for our family to relax in the afternoons. In the evenings, we appreciated the separate living areas so kids and adults could have their own space.

We didn't get a rental car and didn't miss having one. The villa is a mere 5 minute walk to the main road where one can catch a bus or find a few restaurants. Donald and Nathan made arrangements for all our daily excursions which is a wonderful service to provide. Every day we knew where, when, who and how much. Most of the excursions provided transportation for us, and those that didn't, arrangements were made by Donald and Nathan. They also made arrangements for our transportation from the San Jose airport and the driver was kind enough to stop to view the wildlife and the grocery store on the way in. We did jet skiing, snorkeling, spice gardens, ATV's, 10-in-1 adventure, butterfly gardens (don't miss it - a 10 minute walk from the villa), sunset cruise, mangrove kayaking, national park and deep sea fishing. Still didn't get to do everything we wanted! Should have stayed longer!

We made arrangements for Jessica to cook our dinners every evening and were so grateful we did! She's a great cook and each evening we looked forward to what her dinner would be (especially her homemade guacamole). She even cooked the fish we caught - an amazing cerviche. Her portions are large and plenty even for a party of 6 adults and 3 teenage boys. Staying in the villa was much more relaxing then attempting to take a large group out at night. If you do the sunset cruise, they do serve a dinner - felt guilty that evening we didn't finish Jessica's seafood lasagna.

Donald, Nathan and Jessica, thank you so much for a wonderful vacation! We're so glad you joined us for our Christmas gift exchange and look forward to coming back some day. Pura vida!
  • Submitted: Jan 30, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Linda, Thank so much for sharing your family with us at Casa Tranquila. We had a great Christmas with you! It could not have been better. And we will all look forward to your return next year! Donald, Nathan, Jessica & "Sombra"
Perfect Pacific Views: Trip Advisor's 'Best Rental' 2009-2013
-+ 828-356-6313
Manuel Antonio Puntarenas

The trip of a Lifetime!

  • 5 of 5
My family and I went to Costa Rica to celebrate my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary. My parents are in there 70s so we wanted a vacation spot where they had options from relaxation to adventure. Casa Tranquila was exactly that! The view is absolutely breathtaking. We spent many mornings enjoying the view and drinking our coffee and talking about our plans for the day. Nathan, Casa T’s concierge arranged all of our excursions, so we did not have to plan out the details of our day except to be ready at the time to be picked up. That was great! The beach was absolutely gorgeous. The waves were fun and the sand was soft! We spent many afternoons by the pool sipping cocktails and laughing. In fact, we had a few visitors… monkeys! They were very curious and entertaining! On a couple of occasions we had their private chef, Celia, prepare a couple of amazing dinners. It was nice to sit back and enjoy the view and the breeze on the balcony before dinner. Other nights we enjoyed a short walk to restaurants with great drinks, food, and a lively atmosphere. The house was decorated with style and had all the amenities we needed. Everything was clean and organized. Thanks to Paulette for cleaning up after us each day! We thoroughly enjoyed our vacation. This was a trip of a lifetime! Thank you Donald and Nathan for making my parents 50th a memorable anniversary!
  • Submitted: Nov 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jackie, You, Teresa, Barbara and Richard we so gracious to invite Nathan (Sombra) and me to be a part of your family while you were at Casa Tranquila. It's rare we are so comfortable. And I am ecstatic that you all had such a great time. It's nice to know Casa Tranquila was your perfect choice. We'll be looking for next year! Donald.
Perfect Pacific Views: Trip Advisor's 'Best Rental' 2009-2013
-+ 828-356-6313
Manuel Antonio Puntarenas


  • 5 of 5
Our holiday in Costa Rica was exceptional due to our stay at Casa Tranquila. It's absolutely a beautiful home with an Eastern, slightly Thai and Indonesian decor. Donald has thought through every detail meticulously and has exquisite taste and style.

The home is located in a small neighborhood overlooking the sea. The beach is a 15-minute walk or 5 minute drive. We arrived during green season which means that we experienced some rain in the evening but thoroughly enjoyed the sunny mornings and afternoons while we stayed indoors after dark enjoying the home. We have teenagers and the home was perfect because they both occupied two bedrooms each with their own bathroom downstairs and had their own floor with a mutual space for reading and accessing the swimming pool. The upstairs has a kitchen connected to open floor place dining and living room with the master bedroom.

Donald and his team helped us organize tours, made recommendations for restaurants and helped us find a fabulous NGO so that our teens could volunteer their time and learn about critical issues in Costa Rica. This was certainly one of our most favorite holidays and we would highly recommend Casa Tranquila to families with older children. Malahat and Magdi
  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for noticing, Malahat & Magdi! Nathan and I pride ourselves in attention to the detail that our guests crave. I am so happy you and your family had such a great week at Casa Tranquila. Please know that you guys are welcome back any time you want to visit us again. Donald.
Perfect Pacific Views: Trip Advisor's 'Best Rental' 2009-2013
-+ 828-356-6313
Manuel Antonio Puntarenas


  • 5 of 5
Costa Rica is an amazing country to visit, but only if you stay at Casa Tranquila! Donald & Nathan take care of every detail of your visit & it was amazing. They are so kind, thoughtful & truly passionate about their "job". They do a phenomenal job. Jessica makes sure your stay is comfortable. Every day we came back to a clean, inviting home. Juan takes care of the pool & landscaping. We were very grateful that he swept the leaves from the stairs, especially after it rained (I am a bit of a spaz). Our girls loved playing with Sombra in the pool. They wanted to take her home! Nathan, I cant forget the homemade cupcakes, YUM! I had 2 the first day & another the next.! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! We miss you guys! The Alexanders
  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We miss you TOOOOOO, Kris and Roy. You guys were sensational guests. You have no idea what a pleasure it was to have you and "The Girls" at Casa Tranquila. Thank you for making us feel like such a special part of your vacation. You certainly get the idea that while planning is our "job", it's a team effort. We appreciate your helping US! You are welcome back any time you want to be here. Donald, Nathan, Jessica, Juan & Sombra.
Perfect Pacific Views: Trip Advisor's 'Best Rental' 2009-2013
-+ 828-356-6313
Manuel Antonio Puntarenas

Great house in a beautiful country!

  • 5 of 5
We spent six days in Manuel Antonio to celebrate our son's recent graduation from high school. Two families that included four teenagers fit perfectly in Casa Tranquila. The view is amazing as is the pool area. All of the excursions that Nathan arranged for us were wonderful - both the service and the experience. Rafting was the all-around favorite. And Jessica's meals that she prepared for us were fabulous. The location is great for walking to several local restaurants where once again the views are unbelievable. We visited during the rainy season, and it did not slow us down much. It did rain some each day, so be prepared for it. Donald, Nathan, and Jessica did an outstanding job of making every aspect of this vacation memorable.
  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Perfect Pacific Views: Trip Advisor's 'Best Rental' 2009-2013
-+ 828-356-6313
Manuel Antonio Puntarenas

Outstanding Spring Break!

  • 5 of 5
Our family of 5 (kids 12, 11 & 7) stayed at Casa Tranquila for spring break this year. We had a fabulous time! Donald, Nathan and staff do an incredible job ensuring your trip is everything you want it to be.
The house, with its amazing ocean view, worked out perfectly for our family. Very true to the pictures! There was plenty of space for the kids to play games downstairs (when they weren't swimming in the pool) and the adults enjoyed the view from the upstairs balcony & living room areas. We found the location to be perfect - lots of restaurants within walking distance.
What really made our vacation wonderful, though, was the attention that Donald and Nathan put into helping us plan our vacation. Nathan, the concierge, made all of the reservations for our activities. From booking our rental car to all of our adventure activities, we didn't have to worry about a thing! The tour operators they book with are fantastic - we couldn't have had more fun rafting, ziplining, sunset cruising or rappelling our way through Costa Rica!
In addition to the tour planning, we had the housekeeper Jessica cook two meals for us at the house. It was great to be able to relax in the house and not have to drag the tired kids out for dinner every night. The first night of our trip Jessica was unavailable, so Donald & Nathan secured a chef from a top rated local restaurant cook for us - delicious!
Our kids all developed swimmers' ear while on the trip, so we contacted Donald to see if there was a drugstore we could hit to pick up some ear drops. He quickly set up an appointment for us at a farmacia and even drove us to pick up some medicine! That help was invaluable!
What an incredible first visit to Costa Rica. We highly recommend Casa Tranquila!
  • Submitted: Apr 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for that glowing feedback, Amanda. We love when our friends notice the attention to detail. You and Joe were so helpful along the way, that it made our planning your week very easy. You guys know you are always welcome at Casa Tranquila. I'm really happy Brandon, Connor and Mallory's ears are back to normal! Donald


Activity and Interests

Canopy/Zip Line Tour

4x4 Adventures

Horseback Riding

Jet Ski Adventure


Mangrove Boat Tour

Manuel Antonio National Park

Sport Fishing

Sunset sail

White Water Rafting

Butterfly Garden

Surfing Lessons

Paddle Board


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Updated: Dec 17, 2014

Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
HIGH Season 2015 (Note Below)
Nov 23 2014 - May 2 2015
7 night minimum stay
GREEN Season 2015 (Note Below)
May 3 2015 - Nov 21 2015
4 night minimum stay
HIGH 2016(Holiday Rate Below)
Nov 22 2015 - Apr 30 2016
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

  • Refundable damage deposit $1,000

$7400: Christmas Week . . December 19-26, 2015
$7400: New Year's Week . December 26-January 2, 2016
$4400: EASTER (1) . . . . .March 19- 26, 2016
$4400: EASTER (2) . . . .March 26 - April 2, 2016

Casa Tranquila's New Private Casita is added at $150/night. If you do not choose The Casita, it will be vacant. Rates above are for Casa Tranquila's Main Villa & its three full suites.


Property Type

  • villa


  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Spa


  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet

Pool / Spa

  • Outdoor Pool


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Location Type

  • Beach View
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront


  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1
  • Bathroom 2
  • Bathroom 3
  • Bathroom 4


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3


  • Outdoor Grill


  • •Tropical Modern Design reflecting images of Bali NEW Prvate Casita with dining balcon, adding an entirly new component to Casa Tranquila •3000 square feet of indoor living area on three floors •Sliding doors and windows that open fully to the most magnificent views in Costa Rica • Two Pools, deck accessed directly from living area •Large social areas •Open balconies to maximize your view •Four luxury, air conditioned suites with king and queen sized beds and contemporary bathrooms •Full kitchen with all modern appliances and essential implements, plus a second smaller kitchen •Flat-screen televisions, DVD players, stereo, iPodocking station, high-speed, wireless internet service •Free telephone calls to US and many European countries •Arrangement of all local tours, excursions, domestic transportation, dining engagements •Pre-arrival shopping for supplies (food, beverages, comforts) offered to assure your needs for the week are waiting on you •Advance telephone calls offer details to maximize your vacation (airport, packing, documentation, transportation, travel tips) •Service for housekeeping, laundry, pool and gardening •Gourmet meals can be provided for cost of chef fee and food •Manuel Antonio’s five-mile long main road divides the town into East and West. Casa Tranquila is on the West – or “ocean” -- side of this road. Many homes on the other side have Pacific views, but, because they are far away from the ocean, locals call them “distant blue vistas”. Being on the West, Casa Tranquila offers one of the closest views of the Pacific Ocean anywhere in the area •15 foot vaulted ceilings on the top floor •Granite Counter tops •High thread count sheets and featherbed tops for all beds •Bath Amenities Nexxus •Robes •Fresh Flowers •Washer/Dryer •Dishwasher •Ice Maker •Hair Dryers •Iron/Ironing board •Combination safe •DVD library
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